Lesson Plan Manager
With Common Core and State-Specific Learning Standards
The most effective teachers typically follow a methodology for planning and presenting lessons. Why? Because it works for better teaching. Lesson plans help to clarify objectives by making them explicit and help to organize instruction to support and achieve the objectives.
Lesson plans are a thinking process, a way of organizing content, materials and methods for effective teaching. And lesson plans are tools for communication, primarily with oneself and particularly over time, year to year.
Lesson Plans on Lesson Plan Manager
Lesson plans are written in a variety of formats. Lesson Plan Manager supports a variety of lesson plan formats, including the classic Madeline Hunter format, Essential Question format and others. We can probably support whatever format your school uses. We also go beyond typical lesson plan format, supporting:
Lesson plan format must not be overly prescriptive. The lesson plan components are there because they are typical of how effective teachers teach but not every component is required for every lesson. Lesson Plan Manager’s lesson planning feature leaves all components optional. The teacher is not required to enter all or any of the lesson plan fields but they are available.
Lesson Plan Manager lesson plans are also effective for reflection: teachers can record impressions, ideas and thoughts for next time immediately after using a lesson plan. Material can be improved, updated, revised and refined over time.
Lesson Plan Manager lesson plans may be developed individually or shared for collaborative development and use.
Managing Lesson Plans
The benefit of providing teachers with the lesson plan structure is the advantage that comes from structured information. Some components of the lesson plan can be automatically added to the calendar for that section: the lesson name, goals, independent practice (homework) and relevant links and files. In addition, each lesson plan can be associated with the Common Core or state-specific learning standard objectives that it addresses.
This provides the basis for Lesson Plan Manager’s tools for tracking when and how frequently individual learning standard objectives are addressed throughout a course. Furthermore, in schools where lesson plans are required, Lesson Plan Manager provides the administration with tools for tracking whether lesson plans are being created. Other Lesson Plan Manager tools facilitate the detailed examination of lesson plans.